Suspected LAX gunman charged
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed murder charges against the suspected gunman in the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said Saturday that the murder charge applied to the death of TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez, who died in Friday's shooting at LAX's Terminal 3.
Authorities arrested 23-year-old Paul Ciancia in the attack, which also wounded five others, including two other TSA officers.
Ciancia was also charged with commission of violence at an international airport. He could face the death penalty.
More than 1,500 flights affected by LAX shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 1,500 flights have been affected by the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
Nancy Castles, a spokeswoman for the airport, said Saturday about 167,000 passengers were impacted.
Of those, 724 were scheduled arrivals with an estimated 67,850 passengers and 826 were departures with an estimated 99,200 passengers on board.
Terminal 3 remains closed Saturday as the investigation into Friday's shooting continues. Parking structure 3 is open, however.
A gunman opened fire in the terminal, killing one TSA agent. Five other people were hurt, including two TSA workers and the alleged gunman.
Flights are once more arriving and departing from LAX, but airlines are cautioning passengers that they may experience delays and should check their flight status before heading to the airport.
Passengers can reclaim bags after LAX shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Travelers who left behind their belongings in the chaos of the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport can reclaim their luggage or other possessions Saturday.
Airport officials say people who left items in the lobby and security checkpoints at Terminal 3 can go to the ticket counter to retrieve them. There's no timetable for belongings left in the gate areas of the terminal where a deadly shooting occurred Friday.
Terminal 3 remained closed, but the ticket counter and parking structure were open.
Authorities say a Transportation Security Administration officer was killed and several others were wounded, including the gunman, in the shooting.
Northern Calif. man convicted of murdering wife
(Information in the following story is from: Record Searchlight, http://redding.com)
COTTONWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A jury has found a Shasta County man guilty of first-degree murder related to the stabbing death of his wife.
The Redding Record-Searchlight reports that 53-year-old Mark Duenas of Cottonwood was convicted on Friday. He faces 25-years-to-life in prison.
Duenas pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, 51-year-old Karen Duenas, after nearly 33 years of marriage.
Prosecutors alleged that Duenas fatally stabbed his wife because of an unhappy marriage, and that he had carried on a long-distance relationship with another woman.
No murder weapon was ever found, but prosecutors say Duenas acknowledged the killing to 911 dispatchers.
The guilty verdict came after the prosecution's second attempt: Duenas' first trial resulted in a hung jury that voted 9-3 in favor of acquittal.
His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 6.
SAN DIEGO MAYOR
Filner casts short shadow in San Diego mayor race
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It took Democrats 20 years to recapture the mayor's seat in San Diego and less than nine months for one of their own to be driven out.
Bob Filner's disgraced exit amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations gives Republicans another chance. Just don't expect any candidates to dwell on the former mayor as the campaign to replace him kicks into high gear.
The former 10-term congressman isn't mentioned in debates, in campaign mailers or at pep rallies by candidates. Former Mayor Jerry Sanders calls it "Bob Filner fatigue."
If no one wins a majority in the Nov. 19 election — a likely scenario with 11 candidates — the top two finishers compete in a runoff.
LOGGING BURNED FORESTS-CONGRESS
Scientists oppose logging bills in Congress
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees at Yosemite National Park and other areas across the West.
The experts say two measures pushed by pro-logging interests ignore a growing scientific consensus that the burned landscape plays a critical role in forest regeneration and is home to birds, bats and other species found nowhere else.
Proponents of bills by Republican Congressmen Don Hastings of Washington and Tom McClintock of California say not enough timber is being harvested from burned-over areas. They say delays in logging after wildfires makes reforestation more difficult and expensive and increases fire danger.
The scientists sent a letter to Congress urging the bills' defeat.
ASSISTED CARE CLOSING
No action taken despite bad conditions at center
(Information in the following story is from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com)
CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — On four occasions state analysts inspecting a Northern California assisted-care center abandoned by its owners found severely deteriorated conditions inside, yet took no action.
State documents obtained by The San Francisco Chronicle show the analysts visited Valley Springs Manor on the day a manager told workers they would no longer be paid, and left residents to be cared for by an unpaid janitor and a cook with no health care training.
More than a dozen patients were virtually abandoned after the state revoked the facility's license on Oct. 24.
The analysts noted there was a food shortage, missing residents and no diapers on hand.
Yet no action was taken until the staffers called 911 for help and an Alameda County fire captain had the remaining residents evacuated to hospitals.
Ambitious Calif. river restoration problem plagued
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — After eight years of work, this January is the deadline for the San Joaquin to be carrying enough water to allow spring and fall runs of Chinook salmon to help revive the state's fishing industry.
But federal officials say the river restoration has been plagued by problems resulting in delays and increased costs.
Land has subsided so much in places that engineers must figure out how to make the river run uphill. And farms, barns and roads are in the way of what once was a meandering waterway.
Salmon fishers are upset that despite $100 million spent so far the river can't carry water to support fish.
What had been pitched by environmental groups as a $250 million revival now is projected to cost more than $1 billion.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL-ACCIDENT
Cirque du Sol performer injured in Las Vegas fall
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Cirque du Soleil performer remains hospitalized after a fall during a show Friday night at the Aria resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
The performance company issued a statement Saturday saying the male artist was appearing in the "Wheel of Death" act during the 7 p.m. performance of "Zarkana" when he slipped and fell off the wheel.
The act features two people who perform high-risk feats atop and inside a pair of spinning wheels rotating high above the stage, including rope skipping and jumps.
The company says the show was halted and the performer was taken to University Medical Center, where he was in stable condition and expected to be discharged in the next few days.
The company says it has a policy of not releasing performer's names.
The accident occurred four months after a Cirque du Soleil acrobat died in a fall during a performance of the show "Ka" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
On Tuesday, safety officials announced plans to cite Cirque du Soleil and the MGM after investigators concluded 31-year-old Sarah Guillot-Guyard fell 94 feet to the floor below on June 29 when a wire rope she was suspended from was severed due to her rapid ascent.
Guillot-Guyard was the first Cirque du Soleil performer to die in an onstage accident in the company's 29-year history.